The Sublime - The New Critical Idiom (Hardback)Philip Shaw (author)
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Often labelled as `indescribable', the sublime is a term that has been debated for centuries amongst writers, artists, philosophers and theorists. Usually related to ideas of the great, the awe-inspiring and the overpowering, the sublime has become a complex yet crucial concept in many disciplines. Offering historical overviews and explanations, Philip Shaw looks at:the legacy of the earliest, classical theories of the sublime through the romantic to the postmodern and avant-garde sublimitythe major theorists of the sublime such as Kant, Burke, Lyotard, Derrida, Lacan and Zizek, offering critical introductions to eachthe significance of the concept through a range of literary readings including the Old and New testaments, Homer, Milton and writing from the romantic erahow the concept of the sublime has affected other art forms such as painting and film, from abstract expressionism to David Lynch's neo-noir.
This remarkably clear study of what is, in essence, a term which evades definition, is essential reading for students of literature, critical and cultural theory.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 174
Weight: 292 g
Dimensions: 197 x 133 x 19 mm
-Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester, UK
"The New Critical Idiom is a constant resource, essential reading for all students."
-Tom Paulin, University of Oxford, UK
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